Do You Suffer From THIS Nail Ailment? It Could Be A Sign Of An Underlying Health Issue
Nail health is a key indicator of physical health; white marks, discoloration, and ridges may all be a sign of disease in the body. Amazingly, even problems in the liver, lungs or heart can show up in your nail bed, which is why doctors in medical school are taught to check the patient’s nails! But there’s one particular nail feature we think you should check for right now because you don’t have to just live with this issue.
Do you have grooves running across your nail surface? Vivid, unsightly horizontal lines, that do nothing to accentuate your freshly painted manicure? Maybe you even find it difficult to apply polish evenly, no matter how much buffing or filing you attempt?
You may have what is known as Beau’s Lines.
So what’s this pesky nail plate pattern all about?
Your nails grow continuously - roughly 1mm every 6-10 days. But when something happens to your body to place it under stress, like an illness, your nails may stop growing temporarily. This is caused by the body deciding to focus its energy away from your feet and hands to wherever it is needed most. When the body resumes its normal, everyday functions, you’re left with those deep dips in the surface of your nails.
What can trigger Beau’s Lines?
The condition is common in sufferers of Raynaud’s disease, which affects about 10% of the population (especially young women). It’s also likely to be seen in those whose bodies have gone through an intensive treatment such as chemotherapy.
Other risk factors include:
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies (e.g. zinc or iron)
- Exposure to cold temperatures
- Eating disorders
- Inflammatory conditions (e.g. psoriasis)
But in general, Beau’s Lines can form when the nails themselves are just not well looked after. Direct injury to the nail matrix, repetitive picking at the nails or cuticles, or infection around the nail plate can all prompt the condition to develop. So take good care of your tips!
What can I do about the grooves?
Once you’ve developed Beau’s Lines, your best bet is to let them grow out on their own. Buffing or filing at the surface of your nails will only weaken and damage the nail matrix further and could lead to infection. Avoid acrylic or hard gel nail extensions, and instead opt for fortifying treatments, which will help your nails develop the strength they need to grow without breaking off and splitting. We also recommend you wear gloves whenever you wash dishes or handle household chemicals!
To avoid further flare-ups, try taking iron or zinc supplements, and be sure to wrap your extremities up warm when Winter hits!
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